Super Aguri Fernandez Racing impressed with Matsuura. PHOENIX, Arizona (November 12, 2003) -- Kousuke Matsuura turned his first laps in an IRL IndyCar Series car yesterday during a two-day test with Super Aguri Fernandez Racing at Phoenix ...
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing impressed with Matsuura.
PHOENIX, Arizona (November 12, 2003) -- Kousuke Matsuura turned his first laps in an IRL IndyCar Series car yesterday during a two-day test with Super Aguri Fernandez Racing at Phoenix International Raceway. Today's activities were cancelled due to rain, but Matsuura managed a total of 134 laps in his initial outing, impressing both Co-Owner Aguri Suzuki and Managing Director Tom Anderson who were trackside at the one-mile oval.
"The test was very good," said Suzuki. "We were very impressed with Kousuke. It was his first time in an IRL car on an oval track. He did a very good job. I am very happy to have tested him."
"Obviously Kousuke has a lot of talent and we are very pleased with his results from the first day," added Anderson. "We are disappointed that we didn't get to run the second day due to rain, but otherwise we are very pleased."
Matsuura, who was rewarded with the test by Suzuki's ARTA Project due to his achievements in Formula Renault V6 Eurocup and German Formula 3 competition, was thrilled with his first laps aboard the team's Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
"It was a great experience," said Matsuura. "It was my first time to drive an oval circuit in an IRL car. The test was good and I didn't make any mistakes. The car is quite fast and I really enjoyed it. The g-forces are quite high and my neck already hurts. This was my first time driving in the United States and it was a great experience. John [Dick, race engineer] is very smart and he knows what a driver wants. He gave me quite an understeering car for the beginning of the test, and I think it was a very good idea to do this with a new driver. I was very happy to work with all of the mechanics and they were very helpful. I am very thankful for the team, for Aguri, for Honda, everyone. I had a very great experience."
Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, which is looking to step up to a two-car effort next season, will be confirming its driver line-up for the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series in the near future.